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Large Folding Knife Hardware Kit

Add your own custom handles for a unique, personalized pocket knife.
Item #
53335
Rating:
90% of 100

Combined with just two pieces of wood for the handles, this kit lets you create a custom folding knife that's a cut above the rest. You can make the scales, or handles, from the material of your choice, including select offcuts from the scrap bin. Makes an excellent personalized gift, and a nice introduction to knife making. Only minimal tooling is required and complete assembly instructions are included.

(1) 440 stainless steel blade and liner lock folding mechanism
(1) Pack of fasteners, spacers and washers
(1) Pack of bolsters
(1) Pocket clip
(1) Hex wrench
(1) Set of assembly instructions
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number SK-405KIT
Weight 0.4000
Tech Spec
  • Material: 440A stainless steel
  • Blade Length: 3-1/4''
  • Overall Length: 7-7/8''
4.5 / 5.0
126 Reviews
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Nice knife project kit
Nice knife kit for the price. I decided to use epoxy instead of the screws for a smoother look. Used a boy scout tie tack (cut off pin) and inlaid it into walnut. Finished with cutting block oil (don't want a knife to be slippery from poly or other finishes).
Nice project. Inlaid a eagle scout tie tack as a gift for an eagle scout.
Nice project. Inlaid a eagle scout tie tack as a gift for an eagle scout.
January 7, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
I the quality was good. Instructions could have been better, more detailed. One kit had 1 screw for handle missing but since I used the epoxy method I didn't need them
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Added Nov 29, 2019
November 29, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great knife kit
Great knife and comes very sharp. Easy to follow instructions.
The only issue I would have is that the kit recommends brad point bits to drill the holes in the scales but Rockler doesn’t sell small enough (5/32 and 5/64) Brad point bits. I used standard bits bit they tended to pull the scale up during drilling so I made a jig to hold the scales down onto the drill press when drilling. Worked fine then. Made 5 of them as gifts for friends and they were very impressed with knife quality.
Finished knives with engraving
Finished knives with engraving
November 2, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Exceptional quality
Just finished my first pocket knife for a friend with Cocobolo. Couldn't be happier.
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Added Oct 25, 2019
October 25, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Awesome
Fun and easy little project to do with young brother in law, if you have all the right tools. Tools needed band saw or scroll saw, and a oscillating sander or belt sander.
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September 2, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
I have put two of these together. Makes a nice every day carry knife.
August 27, 2019
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Gift for best friend
This was my first folder and it was a lot of fun
Lots of fun and great gift
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July 6, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
great knife kit
the kit was easy to use and modify
Zebra wood
Manzinita
June 19, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Very nice,sturdy knife.
Well made and easy to work.
April 15, 2019
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Quality Kit, great for any experience
My first knife and it was very easy to make. Good instructions and great knife quality. hardware. Made a great gift for my nephew with padauk and maple.
African Padauk with Maple Inlay. Hand rubbed hardwax/oil finish.
African Padauk with Maple Inlay. Hand rubbed hardwax/oil finish.
April 5, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Have made many knife kits, wanted to try another.
Lester O on Jan 17, 2020
Enjoy making kits because all the hardware is supplied.
RALPH A on Jan 7, 2020
Have made many knife kits, wanted to try another.
Lester O on Jan 17, 2020
Scouts first knife... doing wire inlay handles for them.
Marc M on Jan 8, 2020
Enjoy making kits because all the hardware is supplied.
RALPH A on Jan 7, 2020
Someone asked for this for Christmas
Connie D on Jan 5, 2020
Wanted to see what the quality of the kit is like
Kevin H on Jan 1, 2020
I wanted a good activity for my son to do besides video games, and he has quite a collection of knives. I figured it would be a fun gift. I found out about Rockler from a YouTube video I was watching on how to make knives.
Chandra Lee J on Dec 15, 2019
on sale and makes good gift
Joel R on Dec 13, 2019
Great price and good gift!
Jeremy S on Dec 11, 2019
Christmas gifts
MIKE A on Nov 11, 2019
I Like woodworking,thought they would make nice gifts.
Delbert P on Oct 23, 2019
Good sturdy good quality knife with sharp blade. I've made this before with high quality scales and loved the finished product.
MARK M on Oct 20, 2019
liked the looks of the knife
Coryell on Aug 12, 2019
Gifts for groomsmen
Matthew G on Jul 6, 2019
Gifts for family members
RON B on Jun 30, 2019
gift
JB on May 18, 2019
Making as a gift. Looks simple to make yet stylish
Dan D on May 17, 2019
will make a nice gift and save some money.
DeWayne M on Apr 12, 2019
It's a gift and first time making a knife. Liked the way it looked.
Theresa C on Apr 11, 2019
The number of positive reviews and photo's of the finished knife.
John Vest O on Apr 4, 2019
Only site that I found that has them currently in inventory. had to pay a extra $4 per knife compared to where I normally buy them.
Dan R on Feb 27, 2019
Great reviews and I purchased two other knife kits from Rockler that made excellent gifts.
Keith M on Feb 13, 2019
This is a gift for my husband, who is so inspired by "Forged in Fire" that he would really love to try to make something. Unfortunately, he has a disability that would make even the simplest blacksmithing too dangerous. So he thought he'd like to try at least making a handle for a knife - he used to love woodworking, and can still do some of that. I hope he'll enjoy it.
Cync B on Feb 11, 2019
As a beginning knifemaker, folders especially can be difficult to get the hang of. I bought this to take apart, examine, and reverse engineer.
Aidan K on Feb 4, 2019
For a gift
Adam T on Feb 4, 2019
Practice/gift
Colby F on Jan 15, 2019
I forge knives. A friend from Church asked me to make a folder for her Anniversary. I've not made a folder before. I seen this and I think she'll be very happy with it.
Christopher P on Jan 10, 2019
This was rated well by other shoppers
Margaret T on Dec 21, 2018
Gifts for fathers and fathers-in-laws. Possibly craft fair fare.
Joseph J on Dec 20, 2018
design and blade style
Darrell W on Dec 20, 2018
Good quality. Made one and had three requests for more.
W A on Dec 19, 2018
My husband loves knives and i think he would like to make one
Faith B on Dec 15, 2018
Gift
robert koppenhoefer O on Dec 15, 2018
for making
Charles D on Dec 6, 2018
Recycling old woodworking projects with sentimental value into new long lasting ones.
DANIEL N on Dec 6, 2018
Gift
Mondy B on Dec 4, 2018
Christmas present for 14 year old grandson.
T J on Dec 3, 2018
Christmas present for my son.
Walter E. C on Nov 29, 2018
Gift
brandt l on Nov 25, 2018
Interesting looking project.
James W on Nov 24, 2018
I sell knives
Robert N on Nov 24, 2018
Gift for relatives
Robert H on Nov 21, 2018
For my son for Christmas. He is fascinated with knife making.
Amy A on Nov 17, 2018
Christmas gifts
Jim L on Nov 14, 2018
Christmas gifts
KENNETH W on Nov 11, 2018
I've made knives from these kits before, and I'm getting more to make Christmas gifts.
Michael A on Oct 31, 2018
for gifts for my boys.
Jeff H on Oct 23, 2018
Made some for christmas presents and i liked the over all feel of each knife i finished. So i decided to get myself one to carry.
Jonathan S on Aug 26, 2018
to make knives to sell in our store
Bill M on Jun 30, 2018
Birthday present for my grandson
Ray C on Jun 24, 2018
Bought these as gifts, already have one for me and love it.
Ed D on Jun 22, 2018
Scouts first knife... doing wire inlay handles for them.
Marc M on Jan 8, 2020
Someone asked for this for Christmas
Connie D on Jan 5, 2020
What are the dimensions of the knife scales, length, width, thickness?
A shopper on Aug 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 3 3/4 long 1in wide 1/4 thick. The directions say 3/8 to 1/4 I prefer 1/4 because it fits your hand better
Is the kit made in the usa?
Cory D on Oct 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The knife is made in China. The markings on the knife are "440 Stainless Steel".
Does this knife have a spring assist (to make opening easier)?
Brad S on Nov 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: no. but if you barley open the blade and flick your wrist it will open like a charm!!!! Mine had the main screw for the blade way too tight I barley loosed it (just a nudge) and it was instantly way better!
Does the blade get lock when open?
David A on Jun 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does .
How do you brad the pins?
E D on Jun 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If by "brad the pins" you mean how are the handle's hardwood pieces attached to the steel handle of the knife, the answer lies in the fact that the handle is already drilled and tapped. The screws for attaching the hardwood handles are included in the kit. These are very small screws and the thread is even smaller and finer so placement of the holes in the hardwood handles is important. What I did was to position the wood to one side of the knife then, using the finest drill bit I could find, use the holes in the steel knife handles to guide drilling the wood. I repeated the process for the wood slab on the other side. Then enlarged and countersunk the holes so that the screws engaged the drilled and tapped holes in the steel handles. Finally, with the wood attached to the knife handles, I used the steel of the knife handles as a guide to cut and shape the wood to be flush with the knife's steel handle. Hope this answers your question.
What is the best epoxy for attaching the scales?
Don E on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use a two part 5 minute epoxy. This gives you plenty of time to mix and apply but sets up quickly and produces a very secure bond. Don't forget to scuff up the bolsters to give the epoxy a good surface in which to adhere.
How do you keep from marring the metal bolster?
Will R on Nov 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: What I did was to use a pattern following router bit along with a router table. The router bit's guide bearing road on the bolster while the cutting portion of the bit trimmed away the extra wood.

If you don't have a router table you might try using a very fine (220 grit or finer) belt on a sanding machine. Run the wood and bolster vertically against the belt. The fine grit will remove excess wood (albeit slowly) from the wood while adding a smooth (almost polished) finish to the bolster. The finer the sandpaper grit the slower it is to remove excess wood but the better the smoothing of the metal bolster.

The router table is far easier and faster but I realize not all hobbyists will have this equipment. The sandpaper will produce an adequate finish but you must be patient and Keep at it until you get what you want.
I assume that the blade has been annealed. Is this correct?
Kevin A on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Delete my first response. This is a kit, ready to be assembled, with scales that you make. The blade and other parts are completely finished. The blade is mass produced, probably in China, and has already been heat treated. This is much the better of two similar liner lock folders I've put together. The fit and finish is excellent. I heartily recommend it, for what it is.
Does anyone know the deminsions of the screws used in the kit?
Jeff B on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The screws are both M2.5 metric screws, the clip screws are 2.5mm long and the scale screws are 5mm long. They are a T8 torx head, I found them at my local speciality hardware store but in 10mm length which I cut shorter since my kit was missing the 3 clip screws.
Having a bit of trouble getting the pins inserted into the liner. Tried tapping gently with a small hammer, also tried a spring-loaded finish nail driver. Any tips?
Matthew S on Jun 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Have you tried turning the knife over. If I remember the pin will only go in on one side
Where is the knife made? USA?
Paul Y on Aug 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't think it was made in USA but steel holds a good edge.
How to loosen blade opening? Very stiff. Needs to open easier.
David W on Jan 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: My best guess would be use, over time everything should loosen up. Also maybe a little lubricant. Hope it helps!
How do you account for the angle of the bolster when tracing the scales? 1 1/2" wide scales are not wide enough.
Ray B on Nov 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I've made my own scale from sraps, but in an effort to maximize my exotic scraps I press the square end of the scales against the bolster and align it so as to allow tracing the knife fully on the scale. If this doen't work for dcales purchased with the knite I recommend sending them back for a refund. Oh, another thing you could try first (with scrap) is to cut the end on an angle that allows better alignment for tracing.
what will the large folding knife look like if you don't attach the pocket clip?
michael l on Nov 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It would either have three holes in the bolster or you could put the three screws into the bolster without have the clip on it.
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